Atomic Tom

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Atomic Tom
File:Atomic Tom at Fitzgerald's.jpg
From left to right: Philip Galitzine, Tobias Smith, Luke White, Eric Espiritu
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Indie rock
Labels Universal Republic
Members Luke White
Eric Espiritu
Ethan Mentzer
Tobias Smith
Past members Philip Galitzine

Atomic Tom is a rock band from Brooklyn, New York, consisting of Luke White (lead vocals), Eric Espiritu (guitar, background vocals), Ethan Mentzer (bass, background vocals), and Tobias Smith (drums, background vocals). The band have released two albums, two EPs and a number of singles.


In 2005 the original band released its debut EP called “Anthems for the Disillusioned,” which contained five songs. In 2007 they released the single, “You Always Get What You Want” b/w “Play That Dirty Girl.”

In January 2010 the band signed to Universal Republic Records.[1] Their first album The Moment debuted on July 27, 2010. The physical copy became available in stores in November 2010.

The band gained popularity in October 2010 after they performed their single "Take Me Out" on four iPhones on the New York City subway B train.[2][3][4][5][6] The fictional premise of the video[7] was that the band's instruments had been stolen, forcing them to improvise with their iPhones.[8] In January 2011, "Take Me Out" reached #22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

On October 28, 2010, the band made their national television debut, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing "Take Me Out." The performance included a hybrid performance of both iPhones and real instruments. The band continued the national TV circuit, performing and interviewing on CBS' "The Early Show," "Rachael Ray Show," "E! News," "A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus," and "Lopez Tonight."

On May 17, 2011, the band released a music video for “Red Light Warning Sign,” which was featured on Mashable.[9] The video contains a controversial Facebook theme. In February 2011 the band recorded a cover of The Human League's "Don't You Want Me for the 80's nostalgia film "Take Me Home Tonight," the music video of which featured members of the movie cast.[10]

On September 13, 2011, Atomic Tom released an EP titled "In Parallel" featuring their new single, "Break My Heart Around You."

Atomic Tom has toured the US and Canada, sharing the stage with Ok Go, Broken Bells, Neon Trees, Ra Ra Riot, Awolnation, Manchester Orchestra, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Lupe Fiasco, Guster, and The Bravery.

In the fall of 2011, Atomic Tom supported Switchfoot and Anberlin on their US co-headline tour.

On October 25, 2011, Atomic Tom released a music video for their song, "Break My Heart Around You". The video chronicles the journey of a man with a paper bag over his head as he looks for love in New York City.

In late 2011, the band parted ways with record label Universal Republic.

On December 12, 2011, Atomic Tom released a cover of Wham!'s Last Christmas. The new recording was made available as a free download on their official Facebook page. A music video for the holiday single was released December 27, 2011.

In March 2012, Atomic Tom performed on Rockboat, "the world's greatest floating music festival." Rockboat XII sailed from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico and back.

In Fall of 2012, Atomic Tom went back into the studio to begin pre-production on their follow up to "The Moment".

In Early 2013, the band moved to Los Angeles and began playing a few shows around the LA area to test out new material.

On June 25, 2013 the band released a cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears, their first studio recording since 2011's "Last Christmas".

During the month of July 2013, Atomic Tom began releasing live acoustic versions of new songs, including "Someone To Love", "1978" & "Touch". These songs were filmed and recorded live at their LA home studio, "The Alamo" and were offered as a free download for fans.

On July 30, 2013, Atomic Tom released their new single "Music Makes The Heart Grow Stronger" from their forthcoming record on iTunes along with a brand new lyric video for the song. This date is also their tour manager's birthday.

On December 18, Atomic Tom released a video of their cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" on YouTube with a free download on Soundcloud.



Studio albums

  • The Moment (2010)
  • ERA (2015)

Extended plays

  • Anthems for the Disillusioned (2005)
  • In Parallel (2011)


  • "You Always Get What You Want" (2007)
  • "Take Me Out" (2010)
  • "Don't You Want Me" (2011)
  • "Red Light Warning Sign" (2011)
  • "Break My Heart Around You" (2011)
  • "Last Christmas" (2011)
  • "Music Makes The Heart Grow Stronger" (2013)
  • "1978" (2014)


  1. "Universal Republic Community: Atomic Tom".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Lyndsey Parker (October 15, 2010). "Brooklyn's Atomic Tom iPhone It In During Impromptu Subway Jam". Yahoo!.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Megan Vick (October 15, 2010). "Atomic Tom Plays Subway Concert Using Only iPhones". Billboard Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. David M. Ewalt (October 15, 2010). "Atomic Tom's All iPhone Music Video". Forbes Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Nick Bilton (October 15, 2010). "A Subway, 4 iPhones and a Little Serendipity". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. JJ Sutherland. "Sometimes Somethings Just Rock". National Public Radio.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Atomic Tom. "YouTube: Take Me Out by Atomic Tom LIVE on NYC subway". Atomic Tom.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Shirley Halperin (2010-10-16). "Viral Video: Atomic Tom's Guerilla-Style iPhone Performance Rocks the B Train". The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Our instruments were not, in fact, stolen. We've been doing these video blogs where we play these characters ... [We] thought that was a story that sets up the video well.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Ehrlich, Brenna (2011-05-17). "Atomic Tom Lampoons Facebook Obsession". Retrieved 16 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Kritz, Bryan (2011-03-02). "Random BLAM! TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Music Video Highlights 80's Movies". Retrieved 25 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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